Timonium, MD

January 25-27, 2019

Hampton, VA

February 15-17, 2019


Virginia Expo

Speaker & Clinician Profiles – 2018

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The most important part of the World of Pets Expo is the educational aspect, we pride ourselves in giving back to the pet and animal community by creating a forum for experts in the pet field to speak and teach our attendees.

We hand select the best and most experienced pet and animal professionals in a variety of fields and specialties. From pet massage therapists, training and behavior specialists, animal lawyers, to veterinarians and animal surgeons, there is something to interest and educate everyone. We feel as though our speakers are a cornerstone to our event and that they bring to the tables years of combined expertise and knowledge that only enhances the Pet Expo Experience.

Ladean Gordon
LaDean grew up loving cats, being owned by numerous cats in her childhood she eventually became an exhibitor in the CFA show ring both on the East Coast and in Hawaii where she lived prior to moving to Hampton Roads.  She is currently owned by 6 Maine Coon cats, Pandora, Isabeau, Peder, Duhbar, Kenzi and Captain Squinty as well as 2 rescues, Wraith and Banjo.  She started grooming cats very young helping her mother groomer her Siamese cats, learning how to groom was such a passion of hers she decided to become a CFMG (Certified Feline Master Groomer) to provide this much needed very scarce service to other cat owners.

In 2014 she attended and graduated from the National Cat Groomers Institute (NCGI), the only feline grooming school of its kind in the world. She passed a series of rigorous exams both written and practical specializing in the unique needs of felines, including the America Red Cross Feline first aid/CPR certification, Health, and Anatomy, Colors and Genetic, Breeds, Temperaments and assessments and many other feline-related subjects.

With over 20 years’ experience combined with her training and knowledge, she helps make cat owners lives easier and cleaner.  By providing these services she also helps owners maintain happier healthier lives for their feline family members.  After all, a clean cat is a happy cat!

Her salon, Purrocious Styles Feline Designs, has won multiple awards including the Three best-rated award of excellence as well as 3 Coastal Virginia Readers’ Choice awards peninsula gold for best pet grooming, peninsula silver best small business, and peninsula silver for best green/environmental business.

She offers the highest quality groom possible for felines in Hampton Roads with a “by appointment only” location in the Lee Hall area of Newport News.  It is not only cat-centric, but has a strict no dogs allowed policy, making this grooming salon a truly unique setting to help facilitate a relaxed and attentive environment that any cat owner can appreciate.

  Dori Mayer
Before starting a business called Critter Cozy, which focuses on products related to the safety and well-being of pets, Dori has been studying a variety of healing modalities for over 10 years. She has studied advanced NeuroModulation Technique (NMT), recognized as a Reiki Master and received certification in Ama Deus. Since her initial introduction to Flower Essences, Dori has taken many training courses and studied their usage for animals. She is presently enrolled in Practitioner Training with Bach Flower Essences. Most recently, Dori became certified to teach numerous courses including Pet First Aid and CPR through PetTech. Over the years, Dori has amassed a wealth of training and experiences regarding these techniques and their applicability to animals. She continues to share that knowledge by teaching others how to leverage these and other healing modalities with the pets they love.  mayer
  Shorty Rossi, Pit Boss
Keynote Speaker, Pit Bull Rescuer/Activist, Motivational Speaker, Cigar Rights Activist, Talent Manager, Cigar Blender, Author, Producer, Wine Lover, World Traveler, Cigar Lover, United 1K Member.Shorty landed his first job in show business at Universal Studios Hollywood as “Alvin” for an Alvin and the Chipmunks stage show. Since then, he has appeared in several commercials and worked on several movies such as “The Grinch” with Jim Carrey; “The Kid” with Bruce Willis; “Call Me Clause” with Whoopie Goldberg; and “ShowTime” and “Daddy Day Care” with Eddie Murphy, among others. He’s appeared on dozens of TV shows and has performed live in theatre for years. Shorty took on another huge endeavor, forming Shorty’s Pit Bull Rescue, a second business which rescues, rehabilitates and places neglected and abused pit bulls in loving, nurturing homes.
Shorty’s Rescue is not a shelter or a charity; its employees work tirelessly to help relieve the suffering of and prevent cruelty to pit bulls through education and activism. Through positive pit bull involvement in the community, Shorty’s Pit Bull Rescue influences a healthy/much-deserved reputation for the breed.

Shorty has currently been on tour for the past 3 years promoting breed awareness, fighting BSL (Breed Specific Legislation), fighting for Animal Rights, Spay and Neuter clinics, promoting his book “Four Feet Tall and Rising,” Motivational and Keynote speaking and promoting his cigar line. His tour has already brought him to almost every state in the USA, all over Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru and Argentina. Next year (2016), he already is booked for 38 tour dates.

 Merrimac Dog Training Club
The Merrimac Dog Training Club was founded in 1947 as a not-for-profit volunteer organization geared toward community service. They still promote the original goals of creating a stronger bond of companionship between people and their dogs, of raising awareness of the responsibilities of dog ownership and of helping all to achieve that sense of pride that comes from a well trained dog.

Merrimac is an AKC licensed club on the Virginia Peninsula that offers obedience, agility, rally and conformation handling classes and holds AKC obedience and agility trials. They offer classes at levels ranging from puppies to competition.

 The Merrimac Dog Training Club


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